Pedestrian, 70, killed by speeding motorist running red light

Pedestrian, 70, killed by speeding motorist running red light

first_img “He didn’t even see her,” said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Arlene Hennessey, a supervisor at Valley Traffic Division “She – totally oblivious – hit him in the crosswalk.” The motorist didn’t stop, but two witnesses followed her for about a mile to Glenoaks and Roxford Street, where they boxed her in and called the police. The woman was hysterical and she was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, Hennessey said. Traffic on Glenoaks was backed up for hours as police investigated. Hennessey said police even recruited passersby to help direct traffic. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Detective Jim Deaton at (818) 374-1939. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR – Police identified the woman accused of running a red light yesterday and killing a 70-year-old pedestrian as Julia Elena O’Connor of Canyon Country. She is accused of hitting the victim, identified as Jose Ortiz, 70, who was visiting from El Salvador, just before 11 a.m. Thursday as he was in a crosswalk at Glenoaks Boulevard at Polk Street reading a newspaper, police said. The motorist didn’t stop. Witnesses followed the her from the scene, boxed her in about a mile away and called police. She has been booked into the Los Angeles County Jail on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run. Bail was set at $100,000. The unidentified man was crossing when a car driven by a 24-year-old woman speeding in a blue 1997 Acura north on Glenoaks hit the man, police said. He died at the scene. His name was not immediately available.last_img

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